Attempting to get a head start on the upcoming high school volleyball season, Baldwin High will host a free Bravettes volleyball camp in the school’s gymnasium July 15-19.
Bravettes head coach Audrey Stanton plans to keep the camp itinerary the same as previous years with hopes of teaching fundamentals of volleyball before the season starts in August.
“It’s pretty much going to be the same,” Stanton said. “The girls need the basic skills if they’re going to be successful in the season. We start with the basic skills and build on that.”
Stanton welcomes girls from other schools to participate in the camp to learn new drills and skills to help in their development, as well as middle school girls who may want to play volleyball at the high school level in the future.
“Kids that go to other schools can come to hone their skills,” she said. “I welcome anyone to come.”
The primary goal of the camp is to work on passing and serving, with a secondary emphasis on spiking and setting.
“The basic skill is the bump pass. If you can’t pass, you can’t win games,” Stanton said. “The underhand serve is also basic. If you can’t serve, you can’t win.”
Technical development is important to Stanton, but so is the mental aspect of the game.
“I talk to them and tell them what I expect out of them. I just give advice as needed,” she said. “It helps them to be better prepared when the season comes.”
According to Stanton, there is a clear difference between the girls who participate in the camp and in other sports and those who do not once the season begins.
“I can see a difference in the girls that come during the summer as opposed to the girls that just come out during the tryouts,” she said. “It helps if students are active in other sports. I can tell when a child plays one sport compared to the students who play two or three different sports.”
Stanton expects to have between 15 and 20 girls at the camp, but welcomes more to come out and experience the fun volleyball can offer.
“We’re going to have fun. Volleyball is a fun sport and a lot of kids don’t know that,” she said. “I guarantee they’ll love it if they come out and try.”
All players attending the camp must have an up-to-date physical and insurance to participate. For more information call Stanton at 478-696-9308.